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Statement on behalf of the Like Minded Group during Dialogue with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
July 04,2019   By:www.china-un.ch
Statement on behalf of the Like Minded Group during Dialogue with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
 
Mr. President, 
 
Madame High Commissioner,
 
I have the honor to deliver a statement on behalf of a group of Like Minded Countries. We commend Madame High Commissioner for promoting dialogue and cooperation, and supporting advancement of human rights in a balanced way. Since Madame High Commissioner took office, positive changes have taken place in the way the OHCHR works.
 
Today, in the face of rising unilateralism, protectionism and populism worldwide, multilateralism is more imperative than ever. Like Minded Countries stands ready to work with other parties to uphold multilateralism and advocate dialogue and cooperation. We believe the following points are important for Madame High Commissioner and the OHCHR: 
 
First, uphold the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, respect sovereignty and territorial integrity, and work consistently in an impartial, objective, constructive and non-selective manner. The politicization of human rights agenda and double standards should be avoided.
 
Second, engage in dialogue and cooperation with Member States, oppose naming and shaming and public exertion of pressure, and ensure adherence to the rules of UN human rights mechanisms including the UPR. 
 
Third, increase investment in economic, social, cultural rights and the right to development, highlight the role of development in promoting and protecting human rights, and make greater efforts to tackle racism, racial discrimination and hate speech. 
 
Fourth, enhance transparency of internal management and decision-making, respect the views of Member States, and take immediate action to address the imbalance in the geographic representation of the staff in the OHCHR. 
 
Fifth, respect the development path independently chosen by a country, recognize the progress and efforts of states in the field of human rights.
 
Like Minded Countries will continue to support Madame High Commissioner and the OHCHR in their work in accordance with their mandate, with a view to promoting sound development of international human rights cause.
 
Thank you, Mr. President and Madame High Commissioner.